Friends, we are here tonight because we care about the Australian Labor Party. Like our forebears, we want the right to vote with a 50% vote in preselections. Can we be Labor & undemocratic at the same time?A speech by Janet McCalman 19 July 2021 an online meeting with 150 Open Labor, … [Read more...] about Can we be Labor & undemocratic at the same time?
Members, branches, factions, friends
Excellent contemporary update on ALP factions: what is a faction, what do they do and why do they matter so much, and who's who in the federal parliament. [External link to Sydney Morning Herald] View current faction composition of Federal ALP Caucus. [74KB PDF] … [Read more...] about What are Labor’s factions and who’s who in the Left and Right? – by James Massola, Sydney Morning Herald, 14 Feb 2021
Initial ABC report on the recommendations arising from the Macklin/Bracks review of the Victorian ALP notes more than 1,700 Victorian Labor members have been expelled in an attempt to clean up the branch stacking. Jenny Macklin said the audit of the party's 13,000 Victorian members is not yet … [Read more...] about Victorian Labor expels hundreds of members after review into branch-stacking allegations – by Richard Willingham ABC 26 Nov 2020
On 8 October 2020 the Age reported some ALP branch raw numbers (not percentages) of members who had not renewed their membership. Eric Dearricott writes: Criteria for inclusion in this Age list wasn’t clear – it could have been 50+ non-renewals, but some with more than 50 non-renewals had … [Read more...] about Weeding the stacks was never going to be easy
This is an edited version of Dennis Glover’s submission to the Bracks-Macklin Review of the Victorian Branch of the ALP. Dennis writes: I am going to confine myself to answering the first question of the review submission form. My 38 years of experience working at the highest levels of the … [Read more...] about Organized factions must be outlawed
Sarina Greco, President Prahran ALP, forwarded Open Labor the following article. Open Labor does not have a single position on this important matter. Sarina Greco writes. Members should be aware a rule change being considered to change from the current branch rule that members must be part of … [Read more...] about For members responding to Q3.1 – Is the current branch structure fit for purpose 2020 and beyond?
Pauline Brown, writes: The paper by Steve Bracks and Jenny Macklin, Victorian Labor, Progress and Integrity, puts forward questions about how we honour the reasons people join the Party, how we make membership more meaningful and how we recruit and keep more members. To my dismay, the … [Read more...] about Does NZ Labour provide a model of membership?
Julia Thornton writes: Most of the effort made to date to reform the Victorian ALP has addressed party process and administration. People mention, then shy away from coming to grips with 'culture' as too difficult and indeterminate. However until this is addressed, the current behaviours that result … [Read more...] about Overcoming perverse incentives for branch stacking
To whom it may concern, We, a group of Labor People of Colour, write to Open Labor regarding the makeup of the panelists on your forum. We are a cross-factional group of people of colour within the Labor Party, who are committed to supporting, educating, advocating and fundamentally transforming … [Read more...] about Labor People of Colour write to Open Labor
How do you create a Labor Party that is open enough to take in new members quickly and not so open that it can be easily stacked? David Barda has a bold answer to an old problem. The Somyurek branch stacking allegations were sickening to all genuine ALP members. Small-minded people engaged in … [Read more...] about Two-stage membership could create an open, accessible and unstackable ALP